pitch-and-toss love

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A game in which the players pitch coins at a mark, that one whose coin lies nearest to the mark having the privilege of tossing up all the coins together and retaining all the coins that come down “head” up.

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Examples

  • Or is the idea of foreign policy beyondmilitary commitmentsso far off the radar that when the polls open, everything will hinge on the pitch-and-toss of national concerns?

    2008 July 25 « shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows

  • All this preamble was needful to explain to you that for the future my position in life will be such as a man needs if he wants to play the great game of pitch-and-toss.

    A Marriage Contract

  • Dick only began by playing pitch-and-toss on a tombstone: playing fair, for what we know: and even for that sin he was promptly caned by the beadle.

    Roundabout Papers

  • From pitch-and-toss he proceeded to manslaughter if necessary: to highway robbery; to Tyburn and the rope there.

    Roundabout Papers

  • The Princes had as much brandy as they liked, and passed their time on the ramparts playing at dice, or pitch-and-toss (with the halfpenny that one of them somehow had) for vast sums of money, for which they gave their notes-of-hand.

    The History of the Next French Revolution

  • ‘It was over about five minutes before you came in,’ replied that luminary pleasantly, as he played at an invisible game of pitch-and-toss with some half-sovereigns in his pocket.

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • Gentlemen of the free-and-easy sort, who plume themselves on being acquainted with a move or two, and being usually equal to the time-of-day, express the wide range of their capacity for adventure by observing that they are good for anything from pitch-and-toss to manslaughter; between which opposite extremes, no doubt, there lies a tolerably wide and comprehensive range of subjects.

    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Stave 3 The Second of the Three Spirits | Solar Flare: Science Fiction News

  • Only say the word, only give old Jim Merritt a call, and it's pitch-and-toss to manslaughter for those pretty eyes of yours.

    The Crimson Blind

  • Such time as he could spare from his avocation he devoted to diligent study of the doctrine of chance, as exemplified in the practice of pitch-and-toss.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 100, February 7, 1891

  • But she knelt without movement, with her face in her hands, the hands which had so lightly played pitch-and-toss with a man's heart and a man's life, and prayed desperately, silently, for forgiveness.

    The Hawk of Egypt

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